Pathways’ dedicates Benison Center Family Room

(Submitted photo) Frank Rincon cut the ribbon, dedicating the Benison Center Family Room.

In honor of Pathway’s ongoing relationship with the Benison Center to provide critical support services to the families of Pathways, the center is dedicating a new “Benison Center Family Room”. The purpose of the family room is to give Pathways teachers a more comfortable and private place to discuss each individual child’s needs with their parents.

“Through the support of Frank Rincon, the Benison Center and World Vision USA, Pathways has been able to offer help and hope to the families we serve, allowing our children to focus on learning. As we made plans for our family room, it was a special opportunity to honor a partnership that has meant so much,” said Beth Hatch, executive director of Pathways.

The Benison Center Family Room was painted and decorated by the Ohio State University Buck-I-Serv student volunteers. Pathways’ future leaders also joined in the celebration, helping cut the ribbon and giving visitors from the Benison Center a personalized tour of the classrooms, projects, and gardens.

Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee is one of only fifteen Nationally Accredited Early Education Centers in Collier County, Pathways currently has a diverse group of 122 students ranging from four-weeks to five-years-old. For more than 55 years, Pathways has been providing the children of Immokalee a hands on, language-rich learning environment with exceptional education opportunities. The center’s students are actively engaged in a developmentally appropriate, nationally recognized curriculum and assessments. The literacy-based program prepares students to be ready for kindergarten. The goal is to ensure all the students have surpassed their initial developmental delays and have a minimum of 85 percent of the students prepared for when they enter kindergarten. Parents and caregivers are involved throughout their child’s learning in order for them to become their child’s self-confident parent advocate for years to come.

For more information, visit www.PathwaysEarlyEducation.org.

Sister Judy Dohner is special to the Immokalee Bulletin and can be reached at ibnews@newszap.com

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